The Foster Poetry Prize

The 2021 Foster Poetry Prize is now closed for submissions!

Formerly known as the Young Buck Poetry Prize, the Foster Poetry Prize is a writing contest for emerging poets of any age. The prize is awarded to the author of the single best submitted poem, along with $1000 and publication in CV2. Three honourable mentions are also awarded, each with a cash prize.

The winner of the 2021 contest is:

“Moving, Again” by Yilin Wang

Honourable mentions go to:

“Brighton Beach” by Rebecca Faulkner
“Witness” by Sneha Subramanian Kanta
“Spilled Water” by Lucy Yang

The prize-winning poems will be published in our Summer 2022 Issue. Thank you to our wonderful 2021 judge, Jónína Kirton, and to everyone who submitted their work!

See the winners from previous years here.

2021 Contest Judge

Jónína Kirton is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet and a graduate of the Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio where she is their BIPOC Auntie supporting and mentoring BIPOC students. A late-blooming poet, she was sixty-one when she received the 2016 City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category.

Her first collection of poetry, page as bone ~ ink as blood, was released with Talonbooks in 2015. Joanne Arnott described this collection as “restorative, intimate poetry, drawing down ancestral ideas into the current moment’s breath.” Her second collection, An Honest Woman, was released in 2017, again with Talonbooks. It was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Betsy Warland had this to say about An Honest Woman: “Kirton picks over how she was raised familially and culturally like a crime scene.” Her third book, a poetic memoir, Standing in the River of Time, will be released in 2022 with Talonbooks.

Visit our blog here to find out what Jónína is looking for in a winning poem!

Full contest rules

  • Participating poets can be any age, but must not have published a full-length book of poetry. All entrants must be willing to provide proof of their publication history if requested.
  • Open to Canadian and International poets.
  • Entry fee: $26 (first entry, includes 1-year subscription), $16 (subsequent entries)
  • Due to high international shipping costs, the subscription term for contest entrants residing in the US is 9 months (3 issues). For international residents, the subscription term is 3 months (1 issue).
  • Early Bird Deadline: Enter by October 15th and submit an extra poem at no additional charge!
  • Deadline for all contest entries: November 1st, 2021 at 11:59pm central time.
  • Your submission may consist of 1-3 poems and is not to exceed 80 lines total. If you are submitting within the Early Bird Deadline and will be including a 4th poem, that poem can put you over the 80-line limit. However, the extra poem must not be longer than 28 lines.
  • Stanza breaks DO NOT count as lines, nor do titles or subheadings.
  • Do not identify yourself on your attachment. Enter your name and address information in the form provided in Submittable. In the space reserved for a cover letter please enter the title(s) of your piece(s) and line count. On occasion, CV2 magazine makes subscriber names and addresses available to external organizations. If you do not wish to receive such mailings, please state this clearly in the space reserved for a cover letter.
  • Your entry must be formatted on 8 1/2″ x 11″ using single spacing and a 12 point font.
  • Entries must be sent in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format using Submittable. If you encounter difficulties with Submittable please email
  • Winners of the 2021 contest will be notified by email (or telephone) and results will be available on the CV2 website in January 2022.
  • Each piece must be original, unpublished, not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition for which it is also eligible to win a prize.
  • Winning pieces will be published in CV2 magazine, with authors paid for publication.